Crews Hope to Keep Customers with Power

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Updated: 3/03 1:18 am

Power crews are hoping to avoid a repeat of 2003 and 2009 by boosting resources early.

Kentucky Utilities brought in about 500 extra utility workers from out of state.

Those crews are on stand-by in Louisville, ready to move throughout the state and help restore power as soon as they’re needed.

Kentucky Utilities said with the expected high winds, tree branches could fall onto power lines and knock power out.

If you do lose power, crews said to use extra caution with generators especially if this is your first time using one.

KU said not to hook the generator directly to your home, that can re-energize dead lines crews could be working on which can be very dangerous.

Keep generators in dry, ventilated areas and not inside your home or garage.

Crews said never to re-fuel a generator while it’s running or while it’s still hot and always use a carbon monoxide detector.

If you don’t have a generator, crews said don’t bring things like grills inside to keep you warm.

”If worst comes to worst and you're absolutely too cold, too sick or too scared to stay at home, contact 911,” said Charles O’Neal, assistant director of operations at Kentucky Emergency Management.  “They'll give you information on how to get to a shelter in your local community or they will provide you with assistance to get to that shelter.”

Crews remind everyone, not to call 911 for information.  Only call in emergencies.

They said to use battery powered TVs and radios to stay informed if you lose power.

For a list of power outages click here.

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